Bob "the knob" Ainsworth, the defence secretary, has been accused of a cover-up over the death of the first British soldier to be killed in action in the Nato operation in the Helmand province of Afghanistan, by smearing his commanding officer.
A panel of three senior army officers is expected to exonerate Bristow, clearing him of making tactical errors. Their report is due to be published later this year.
At the inquest into Philippson’s death, Andrew Walker, then the assistant coroner for Oxfordshire, said: “They [the soldiers] were defeated not by the terrorists but by the lack of basic equipment.
The MoD admitted that an “administrative error” had led to a 25-day delay in getting equipment to the front line.
However, in an interview just hours after the inquest, Bob "the knob" Ainsworth, then the armed forces minister, attempted to shift the blame onto Bristow. He said while there had been a shortage of equipment, a military board of inquiry had also found there were a “lack of standard procedures and tactical errors too”.
From The Express....DEFENCE Secretary Bob Ainsworth came under fire last night over a visit to Blackpool where he tackled every topic but defence.
The embattled minister stayed off the rollercoaster at the resort’s Pleasure Beach yesterday and despite fears he would face a barrage of tough questions was given an easy ride by the handful of guests who turned up to his question-and-answer event.
The MP for Coventry North East chose not to speak at length about Afghanistan but insisted the Government needed to show “the same mettle as our armed forces”.
Last night, Shadow Defence spokesman Gerald Howarth MP said: “What a wonderful opportunity for the people of Blackpool to ask the Secretary of State for Defence questions he refuses to answer in Parliament.
Bob "the knob" digging that hole ever deeper every day.
According to The mail on Sunday: No one can say the new Defence Secretary, battling Bob Ainsworth, lacks the aggression for his new job. In his days as a bruising Labour whip, he was accused of pushing Labour MP Jenny Jones and shouting obscenities in her ear when she refused to support cuts in disabled benefits. He denied the claims. Here we see champagne Bob "the knob" toasting some more savings in the budget as another soldier comes back dead on his watch.
Badly wounded soldiers have had their disability benefits secretly slashed by as much as half by penny-pinching bosses at the Ministry of Defence.
Troops whose working lives are cut short after injuries sustained while fighting will no longer be paid a special £57-a-week allowance.
The move came after the MoD quietly dropped the benefit for new claimants who are too disabled to work.
It means hundreds of troops who have been injured in Afghanistan and in future conflicts will be £3,000-a-year worse off. Around 12,000 veterans receive the allowance. But from April the rules have been changed so that those whose injuries leave them unable to work are not entitled to the benefit.
Critics called the cuts 'morally indefensible' when combat casualty rates are at a record high, and accused ministers of trying to save cash through 'invisible' cuts targeting hard-up wounded veterans.
Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth already faces fierce criticism for his Appeal Court battle to try to reduce compensation payments to severely wounded troops.
And figures show 279 injured troops and veterans are having to fight legal appeals in the hope of more generous compensation settlements.
The benefit payments at the centre of the latest row are known as the Allowance for Lower Standard of Occupation (ALSO).
The cash helps them pay for basic essentials and stay above the poverty line as they struggle to cope with psychiatric as well as physical wounds.
But with the defence budget in crisis and the number of wounded soldiers rising fast, ministers have decided that anyone injured after April this year and unable to work will be barred from applying.
The MoD was unable to say why the ALSO payments were reduced, or which minister -by the name of Bob "the knob" Ainsworth- was responsible.
A spokesman said: 'The decision to change the eligibility criteria for ALSO was taken after a wide consultation, including with veterans' charities. Anyone who is unhappy with the outcome of a claim has the right to appeal.'
Gosh, champagne socialist swilling MP's plan to pull someone else up on pissing away taxpayers money, and there is that little fact that both their claims for just one year pass that claimed by a certain army officer they wanted to smear over several years.
Still they are typical symptoms of the champagne socialist political disease that has infected the body politic for the last 12 years, cut our armed forces to the bone, let the troops die for lack of equipment and now lash out desperate to blame someone; anyone else.
Times Online - A devastating official report suppressed by ministers has revealed that soldiers’ lives are being put at risk by “endemic” failures at the Ministry of Defence (MoD).
The secret dossier blames “political fudge” and Whitehall incompetence for the plight of soldiers in Afghanistan who are provided with inadequate frontline kit. The 296-page report, leaked to The Sunday Times, claims the scale of MoD bungling is so severe it “is harming our ability . . . to conduct difficult current operations”.
Whats worse is that they have the wig wearing hoon Bob "the knob" Ainsworth(less) sat behind his desk, taking wounded soldiers to court, blaming the public, calling complaints by soldiers "bollocks" and otherwise acting like a complete fucking tool.
But its not just Bob, my local MP Paul Flynn on his webshyte tonight tried to pass the buck onto the Tories over fuckups made when they were in power.
Paul Flynn and Bob Ainsworth are typical socialists happy to score points over the dead bodies of service men.
Peter Fullarton, who lost his son James in a bomb attack in Helmand last Sunday, said Mr Ainsworth failed to send his family a note of condolence - even though he had known the Minister for 20 years and his son used to serve Mr Ainsworth drinks in their local working men's club. Mr Fullarton became friends with Mr Ainsworth when they worked along side each other on the production line at the Jaguar car plant in Coventry.
Speaking on Thursday, Mr Fullarton said: "No member of the Government has sent any message. He knows my name. I am disappointed that he has not even dropped us a note. James served him in the bar. He knows the family."
Six hours after being contacted by The Mail on Sunday, a spokesman for the Defence Secretary said: "Bob sent a letter to the family this morning by recorded delivery. Bob wants to go to the funeral if the family want him to be there."
MoD insiders last night gave a damning assessment of Mr Ainsworth's command of his department following a week of internal chaos.
If ever there was a man in the wrong job, then its Bob "the knob" Ainsworth.
First up we have the comment that progress could be made “over the next couple of years” and of course Bob "the knob" complained that he was misrepresented.
Then having dug one hole, Bob started to burrow like a ground squirrel and claimed that the Afghan war is “winnable” - not so bad in itself, should HM Govt actually start supplying the troops with the kit they need.
However this is Ainsworth, if someone is going to screw it up big time you know it is him. He then admitted having "little idea of the size or nature of the enemy".
But Bob just kept on digging with this gem as he complained that it is “hard to get the message across to the British public”.
That would be same British public that Bob "the knob" claimed was "defeatist" just a week before, with Bob sending such garbled nonsense from a government office is it any wonder that the great public are a tad confused as to the aims of HM Govt.
**In the pic Ainsworth can be seen planning the latest attack, he will later take the wounded soldiers off the map and put on a legal wig and play at reducing their injury payments. Oh sorry, I forgot the odious little scumbagdid that for real.
David Davis on Afghanistan: What would winning look like? Underpinning Afghan democracy? Stabilising the Karzai regime? Providing education and healthcare to the Afghan population, both male and female? Delivering law and order? Eradicating corruption? Creating a working economy? Crushing the drug trade? Protecting Pakistan from instability? Or simply defeating the Taliban and creating a stable state?
Over to Bob....no answer came there, Bob was probably trying to squeeze damages out of a wounded soldier.
It transpires today that nearly £7 billion of military equipment has gone missing from Ministry of Defence.
Un-believable, well with Bob running show sadly not.
The National Audit Office has refused to sign off on MoD records that £6.6 billion of assets exist because of “inadequate levels of evidence”.
The assets include about a sixth of all vehicles, weapons and radios used by British forces and are equivalent in value to the entire annual defence equipment budget. The items in question include £1.25 billion of equipment deployed with British forces, such as machine guns, night vision goggles, encrypted radios and body armour.
Defence officials were unable to account for £350 million worth of fighting vehicles that were in theory being used for training and operations.
The remaining £5 billion of assets that could not be accounted for were predominantly raw materials and spare parts, ranging from bolts and oil to jet engines and propellers.
The MoD insisted last night that the equipment was “never physically lost” and that the NAO figure was an “extrapolation” from its audit.
It said that at the time of the report, the Defence Storage and Distribution Agency, which is responsible for supplying the armed forces, was unable to satisfy the NAO’s demand for paperwork to verify the assets.
So billions worth of kit has gone, or the paperwork has buggered off. Either way its not on the front line with the troops and no doubt Bob "the knob" Ainsworth has an excuse.
Hat tip to Dazed & Confused. This is why I am letting rip in Bob and his government policy. It has transpired that a young Marine is fighting to have his compensation increased as a result of injury he received in Afghanistan.
Marine Ben McBean, of 40 Commando Royal Marines, lost an arm and a leg in a landmine explosion while on routine patrol in Helmand Province in February last year.
He also suffered multiple shrapnel wounds and burns that have scarred his body.
The Ministry of Defence had offered the 22-year-old compensation for only eight of his injuries - and for six of those he was awarded the minimum tariff.
Come on Bob do the right thing, resign and put someone better in charge.
Bob Ainsworth's home repairs cost the taxpayer £5,925! Bob "the knob" Ainsworth, the Armed Forces Minister, claimed nearly £6,000 for the redecoration of his designated second home, submitting bills that included rebuilding the fireplace and fitting oak beams into his ceiling.
I wonder how much body armour that would have provided?
Bob "the knob" Ainsworth, the MP for Coventry North East, also tried to claim £2,225 for a sofa and £1,000 for a LCD Samsung television, both of which were reduced by the fees office.
In April 2006, Mr Ainsworth submitted a further £951 bill for fencing and in August charged £1,160 for a gas fire.
That same year, he was told by officials he could not claim £1,000 for a Samsung LCD television because he had exceeded the “recommended maximum”.
In August, the minister wrote to the fees office to explain why he was claiming £2,225 for a Roma corner sofa. He said: “If you feel this is excessive can I say that due to size and layout of the room a normal three-piece suite will not fit. This 'corner group’ fits perfectly and maximises the space.”
In February 2007, Mr Ainsworth claimed £2,000 to re-point part of the property and two months later submitted a third claim for fencing worth £4,500.
Between May 2005 and April 2007, he claimed a total of £19,920 in renovations, repairs, furniture and electrical equipment. He also submitted regular claims for the maximum monthly food allowance of £400 and monthly bills of £45 for dry cleaning.
At the end of 2007, Mr Ainsworth switched his designated second home to a flat in London, which he rented from Lady Grylls, the mother of adventurer Bear Grylls, and claimed a monthly rent of £1,208.
In 2007-8, the minister was the joint highest claimant for second home allowances, claiming the maximum amount of £23,083.
All that cash spent on Bob "the knob" Ainsworth, whilst the troops have to buy, beg or borrow kit.
I set this up as a protest against Bob Ainsworth, its not a bash at him for being a member of any political party but due to his being inept at his job.
On his watch as Armed Forces Minister, we have seen the troops let down with delays in helicopters getting to the battlefield, problems with supply of kit including body armour.
Whilst soldiers come back from a warzone in body bags, Bob wastes his time chasing soldiers through the courts to reduce payments given to them for fighting in a war and being injured in a war that he is in charge of.
He has even gone so far as to claim in The Commons that supply problems were "bollocks" and then blamed the public for problems claiming that they were defeatist.
Bob "the knob" Ainsworth in his own words.
"I'm such a victim, people attack me over my accent, my moustache... and because I'm no intellectual."
A description of Bob Ainsworth from The Times.
Bob Ainsworth is one of those people who should never rise above deputy. I am told that people are snobby about him but I am just confused. Every time I see him — and it happened again yesterday — I cannot believe that he is the Defence Secretary. How did this man, stodgy as porridge, inspiring as a cabbage, get the top job? It feels wrong, as if he were taking part in a job-swap reality TV programme that has gone horribly wrong.